AirVenture: Day 0

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The iconic brown arch is ready to go.

 

Menacing skies on Sunday afternoon steered north of Wittman. This SNJ4 in Warbird Parking stayed dry.

 

A Fairchild XNQ-1, owned by Don and Ann Pellegreno, in Warbird Parking on Sunday.

 

Old school inspiration. New school construction. It’s not hard to see the Beech Staggerwing influence in this Griffin Lionheart.

 

Mooney’s Acclaim is ready for Monday.

 

Red One.

Red Bull Air Race moves finale from China to Austria

F1 Austria 2014

The 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season final will now be staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on October 25 and 26. The final race of the season has been moved to the F1 circuit in the Styrian mountains in place of the original race location in China due to feasibility.  This will serve as a homecoming of sorts, as the series started with its first-ever race in Zeltweg, Austria.
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Droneport: FAA Approves Test of Drone Power Line Exams

Droneport is reporting the “FAA has approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s test program for the examination of rural power transmission lines with drone-mounted HD cameras.” SDGE will fly sub-one-pound quadcotpers in “four rural test sites 70 miles east of San Diego in the McCain, Valley. The drones replace manned helicopter inspections that cost nearly as much per flight hour as the drone system’s total cost.”